Listings of Impairments

An Overview of the Listings of Impairments is that the Listing of Impairments describes, very severe so that a person can not engage in any substantial activity and, in the case of a child under 18 years of age, an impairment that is so severe that the child has considerable limitations. Most of the listed impairments are permanent or expected to result in death, or the listing includes a specific statement of duration is made. For all other listings, the evidence must show that the impairment has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months. The criteria in the Listing of Impairments are applicable to evaluation of claims for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI) or payments under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

There are two Parts to the Listing of Impairments: Part A and Part B. Part A of the Listing of Impairments contains medical criteria that apply to the evaluation of impairments in adults age 18 and over. Part B of the Listing of Impairments contains additional medical criteria that apply only to the evaluation of impairments of persons under age 18.

The medical criteria in Part A may also be applied in evaluating impairments in children under age 18 if the disease processes have a similar effect on adults and younger children. Certain other criteria in Part A, however, do not give appropriate consideration to the particular effects of the disease processes in childhood; that is, when the disease process is generally found only in children or when the disease process differs in its effect on children and adults.

There are more criteria in Part B and the numbers of Part B categories and Part A categories are meant to be consistent with each other where possible. When determining a disability for a child under 18 years of age. If the medical criteria in Part B do not apply, then the medical criteria in Part A will be used.

This Listing of Impairments is just one part of a multistep process that follows a sequence in the evaluation of whether or not an individual is disabled. It is at this step that is it is determined that a person has one or more of the impairments on the list or an impairment that is just a sever, then that person is usually determined to disabled so long as that person is also not working. However, the absence of a listing-level impairment does not mean the individual is not disabled. Rather, it merely requires the adjudicator to move on to the next step of the process and apply other rules in order to resolve the issue of disability.

The Listing of Impairments describes, for each major body system, impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity (or in the case of children under age 18 applying for SSI), severe enough to cause marked and severe functional limitations. Part A of the Listing of Impairments contains medical criteria that apply to the evaluation of impairments in adults age 18 and over. The medical criteria in Part A is as follows:

Disability Evaluation Under Social Security: Listing Of Impairments -  Adult Listings (Part A)

The following sections are applicable to individuals age 18 and over and to children under age 18 where criteria are appropriate.

  1. Musculoskeletal System
  2. Special Senses and Speech
  3. Respiratory System
  4. Cardiovascular System
  5. Digestive System
  6. Genitourinary Impairments
  7. Hematological Disorders
  8. Skin Disorders
  9. Endocrine Disorders
  10. Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems
  11. Neurological
  12. Mental Disorders
  13. Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
  14. Immune System Disorders

Part B of the Listing of Impairments contains additional medical criteria that apply only to the evaluation of impairments of persons under age 18, and are as follows:

Disability Evaluation Under Social Security: Listing Of Impairments - Childhood Listings (Part B)

The following sections provide medical criteria for the evaluation of impairments of children under age 18 (where criteria in Part A - Adult listings do not give appropriate consideration to the particular disease process in childhood).

  1. Growth Impairment
  2. Musculoskeletal System
  3. Special Senses and Speech
  4. Respiratory System
  5. Cardiovascular System
  6. Digestive System
  7. Genitourinary Impairments
  8. Hematological Disorders
  9. Skin Disorders
  10. Endocrine Disorders
  11. Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems
  12. Neurological
  13. Mental Disorders
  14. Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
  15. Immune System Disorders

If you believe that you or a loved one are eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits and you are just applying for the first time, have been denied and wish to appeal, or simply want more information about your particular facts and circumstances, then please Contact Us as soon as possible for your free legal consultation so that we can assist you in receiving the benefits that you may be entitled to under the Law.